We caught up with Lana Crowster, who had a series of sellout shows last week at the Roxy Review Bar. She has been on ‘The Voice’; performed alongside Karen Zoid and Arno Carstens; and sang back up for Josh Groban and George Benson on their respective tours to SA.
She is a passionate singer, songwriter and arranger and in 2014 she released her début EP, entitled ‘Seasons’.
How are you?
I’m well, thank you. How are you? (Just fine, thanks.)
What does music mean to you?
Music means freedom, happiness, instrospection and peace of mind.
Any ‘Purple Rain’ moments?
My heroes are my Mom, my Dad, Michael Jackson and anyone who thrives in adversity.
Life in Cape Town?
Life in Cape Town is the best. The sea, the mountain, the people…it’s a really great place to grow up and learn about life.
It’s our round. What are you drinking?
Nederburg Baronne if it’s a cold night. Diemersdal Savingnon Blanc, if its’ a hot day. #SoClassy
The song you wished you wrote?
The answer to this question changes all the time, but the one that sticks out now is ‘After The Love Is Gone’, by Earth, Wind & Fire.
Dream gig to do?
I played my dream gig this year! I played the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Bassline Stage…such a dream come true. Now that that’s ticked off the bucket list, I’ve added Glastonbury Festival to the list.
What makes you stand out?
My bubbly personality. My resilience. My tenacity. My overall positive mental attitude. And my big curly hair.
NONE. Thank goodness!
If you were not a musician, what would you be doing?
I don’t know which industry I’d be in, but I’d definitely be a boss. lol
Pick five words to describe your band.
Soulful. Vibrant. Eclectic. Energetic. Tight.
Five desert island discs.
Michael Jacksons’ ‘Greatest Hits’
‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’
‘Back to Black’ – Amy Winehouse
‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ – Kendrick Lamar
‘The Carpenters’’ Greatest Hits
Greatest movie ever made?
Who do you love?
My dog, Chico. Yes, family and friends too, but definitely my dog.
What does the usual mean?
Bacon, Avo and Feta.
Favourite fashion garment.
My tan coat
Give us some slang.
Aweh, ma se kinnes!
Do you have famous phone numbers on your phone?
What do you complain about most often?
Getting cold. I hate getting cold.
What is your fear?
On stage I tend to…
Give it my all and leave the audience entertained and wanting more.
What are you doing next?
Releasing new music and going on tour. Then taking over the world.
Gig of the week
Zimbabwe’s most internationally renowned cultural icon, activist and musician, Oliver Mtukudzi, celebrates his 64th birthday as well as his career with a series of live performances, on Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23.
Special guest, Jeremy Olivier.
Venue: Marimba Restaurant, CTICC, Heerengracht St & Walter Sisulu Ave, Foreshore, Cape Town
Tel: 021 418 366